Apply to attend the 2013 UNAOC / EF Summer School in New York

Deadline Extended: June 15, 2013

Be one of 100 youth for positive social change who will spend one week in New York learning and addressing global issues this summer! The 2013 summer school is hosted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Education First (EF). It is an exciting week-long summer program that will bring together 100 youth from across the globe to address pressing global challenges within the context of cultural and religious diversity. It will take place at the EF’s historic American campus in Tarrytown, New York and will start on August 24, 2013.

One highlight of this year’s Summer School will be a guided tour of the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Participants will tour the General Assembly Hall and explore a variety of exhibits detailing the history of the UN and learn about how the UN addresses issues such as disarmament, peace and security.

Summer School Curriculum Content

The seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions at the Summer School will cover a range of themes and topics, including:

  • Negotiation for peace-building and cooperation
  • Using social media for positive social change
  • Fostering responsible global citizenship
  • Effective advocacy
  • Media and information literacy
  • Essentials of social entrepreneurship


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old on 24 August 2013 — the start of the UNAOC – EF Summer School.
  • be linked to an organization or a network (e.g. youth council, youth NGO, not-profit organization, youth-led organization, community organization, faith-based organization, youth network or platform, college, university), or be a social entrepreneur, blogger, intern or volunteer.
  • hold a passport valid until at least March 2014 (for a visa to be issued, a passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of entry into the country).
  • possess upper-intermediate English proficiency. Read a detailed explanation in the previous FAQ.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the 100 participants will be based on the following;

  • responses to essay questions regarding motivation as well as past and future involvement in issues to be tackled during the Summer School.
  • your professional and/or educational and/or volunteering background and how it positions you in a way that would help them disseminate what you will learn.
  • applicants’ level of English proficiency
  • balance in terms of region and gender will be respected in the final selection

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